Guilty as Sin

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A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a horrific act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing—or just beginning?
 
Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man—and that he has an accomplice in the ...

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Overview

A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a horrific act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing—or just beginning?
 
Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man—and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits, a dark dance of life and death . . . with an evil mind as guilty as sin.

Night Sins, Hoag's impressive hardcover debut, revealed her to be a masterful spinner of spine-chilling thrills. Her new novel continues that bestselling momentum, bringing terror to a whole new level. As prosecutor Ellen North prepares her case against a kidnapper, she faces a sensation-driven press corps, political maneuvering, and her ex-lover as attorney for the defense.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this follow-up to the Night Sins, a prosecutor tries to convict a respected college professor of kidnapping. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This suspenseful novel, though it stands alone well, is the sequel to Night Sins (LJ 1/1/95), in which a child is abducted for sport by kidnappers who taunt the police, priding themselves on their superior minds. As this novel begins, the child has been returned, terrorized into silence, and one of the kidnappers, a popular college professor, has been caught in the act of trying to kill a police officer. Ellen North is prosecuting a strong case against the professor, but an unethical celebrity lawyer represents him before a star-struck judge. Meanwhile, the unknown conspirators kidnap and kill another child and then stage a series of new events that make it seem likely that the cops got the wrong man. The judge dismisses the case. Fortunately, a true-crime writer has come to follow this case, and his research leads to the discovery of the other conspirators, though not before they have done a lot more damage. The aura of evil is powerful in this book. Characters and relationships are well drawn and convincing. Public libraries will definitely want this. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/95.]-Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Mary Frances Wilkens
In this sequel to her 1994 hit "Night Sins", Hoag revisits Deer Lake, a small midwestern community that is shattered when a well-respected college professor abducts young Josh Kirkwood. The first novel centered on Megan the cop and ended with the professor's arrest. Here the focus is on the trial and Ellen the prosecutor, who thinks she has the case wrapped up until another child is abducted while the professor is in prison awaiting trial. The ironies multiply when Ellen discovers that the defense attorney is her former lover, a high-powered, big-city lawyer who makes Robert Shapiro look like a courtroom lightweight. What's more, handsome courtroom fiction writer Jay Butler Brooks keeps Ellen both cautious and intrigued. This is a competent whodunit, with enough plot twists to keep it interesting. Although the characters are little more than stereotypes, "Guilty as Sin" is a quick, exciting read, and libraries will want to stock up--especially considering the success of "Night Sins" and the publisher's aggressive marketing plan.
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The abduction of a small boy and arrest of an unlikely suspect sends a Minnesota town into a tailspin. As the prosecutor engages in a battle of wits with an unknown evil force, the town is torn between denial and vengeance in this taut crime novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553564525
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 203,091
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Tami Hoag
Tami Hoag’s novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.
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"If I were after you for nefarious purposes," he said as he advanced on her, "would I be so careless as to approach you here?"

He pulled a gloved hand from his pocket and gestured gracefully to the parking lot, like a magician drawing attention to his stage.

"If I wanted to harm you," he said, stepping closer, "I would be smart enough to follow you home, find a way to slip into your house or garage, catch you where there would be little chance of witnesses or interference." He let those images take firm root in her mind. "That's what I would do if I were the sort of rascal who preys on women." He smiled again. "Which I am not."

"Who are you and what do you want? " Ellen demanded, unnerved by the fact that a part of her brain catalogued his manner as charming. No, not charming. Seductive. Disturbing.

"Jay Butler Brooks. I'm a writer—true crime. I can show you my driver's license if you'd like," he offered, but made no move to reach for it, only took another step toward her, never letting her get enough distance between them to diffuse the electric quality of the tension.

"I'd like for you to back off," Ellen said. She started to hold up a hand, a gesture meant to stop him in his tracks—or a foolish invitation for him to grab hold of her arm. Pulling the gesture back, she hefted her briefcase in her right hand, weighing its potential as a weapon or a shield. "If you think I'm getting close enough to you to look at a DMV photo, you must be out of your mind."

"Well, I have been so accused once or twice, but it never did stick. Now my Uncle Hooter, he's a different story. I could tell you some tales about him. Over dinner, perhaps?"

"Perhaps not."

He gave her a crestfallen look that was ruined by the sense that he was more amused than affronted. "After I waited for you out here in the cold?"

"After you stalked me and skulked around in the shadows?" she corrected him, moving another step backward. "After you've done your best to frighten me?"

"I frighten you, Ms. North? You don't strike me as the sort of woman who would be easily frightened. That's certainly not the impression you gave at the press conference."

"I thought you said you aren't a reporter."

"No one at the courthouse ever asked," he confessed. "They assumed the same way you assumed. Forgive my pointing it out at this particular moment, but assumptions can be very dangerous things. Your boss needs to have a word with someone about security. This is a highly volatile case you've got here. Anything might happen. The possibilities are virtually endless. I'd be happy to discuss them with you. Over drinks," he suggested. "You look like you could do with one."

"If you want to see me, call my office."

"Oh, I want to see you, Ms. North," he murmured, his voice an almost tangible caress. "I'm not big on appointments, though. Preparation time eliminates spontaneity."

"That's the whole point."

"I prefer to catch people...off balance," he admitted. "They reveal more of their true selves."

"I have no intention of revealing anything to you." She stopped her retreat as a group of people emerged from the main doors of City Center. "I should have you arrested."

He arched a brow. "On what charge, Ms. North? Attempting to hold a conversation? Surely y'all are not so inhospitable as your weather here in Minnesota, are you?"

She gave him no answer. The voices of the people who had come out of the building rose and fell, only the odd word breaking clear as they made their way down the sidewalk. She turned and fell into step with the others as they passed.

Jay watched her walk away, head up, chin out, once again projecting an image of cool control. She didn't like being caught off guard. He would have bet money she was a list maker, a rule follower, the kind of woman who dotted all her i's and crossed all her t's, then doublechecked them for good measure. She liked boundaries. She liked control. She had no intention of revealing anything to him.

"But you already have, Ms. Ellen North," he said, hunching up his shoulders as the wind bit a little harder and spit a sweep of fine white snow across the parking lot. "You already have."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Edge of my Seat!!!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! My only mistake was not knowing that NIGHT SINS actually preceeds this book and the situations and characters would not have been nearly as confusing had I realized I should have read NIGHT SINS first. Again, these books (NIGHT SINS then GUILTY AS SIN) left me hanging on the edge of my seat and wondering who, how, why.... In the end I am always surprised!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

    guilty as sin

    GOOD RRAD. LTTLE SLOW START AND THEN GOOD.

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This is one of those books the grip you from page 1. Ms. Hoag re

    This is one of those books the grip you from page 1. Ms. Hoag really spins a yarn. Kidnapping, mind washing, and suspense. No one believes the good Professor
    could be so evil.
    I was unable to put this 600+ page book down. I hope I can find another book about Ellen and Jay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Interest grabber

    So I read the first book and was grabbed in right from the beginning. This book was a little different. It took til about maybe a little less then half of the book to really grab my interest. After that I could not put it down. I do wish it closed up more things at the end. Such as what happened to Josh and his family after the capture of the taker(s). Over all I was pleased with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Less than her best

    The heroin is arguing and yelling through half the book. I needed to stop reading it before learning who the enemy was because i couldn't stand any more shouting. I have read a few of Tami's books before and they were great. What happened to this one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Pleasantly surprised

    Ordinarily, I do not like mystery novels, but I actually enjoyed this one. It had enough twists to keep me guessing, and was nit predictable or awkward like I was expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Terrific & Suspenseful

    Really enjoyed this book!! I think Tami Hoag writes interesting, enthralling stories that keep you turning the pages. Her characters are fully develpoed and believeable. You feel like you could read several more books involving them and the town they live in. I highly recommend this book. It is a must read, especially if you have read Night Sin.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Great reading

    Awesome book, did not want to put it down, kept wanting to read to see how it ended. I would recommend this book to anyone that looks mystery.
    Tami Hoag is a great writer. I have bought several of her books and will continue to read her books
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Guilty as Sin

    Great book..

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Tami Hoag

    Tami Hoag is one of the best - enjoyed reading this on my Nook!

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Really great!

    Really enjoyed this book, never a dull moment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!

    This book was fantastic! Luckily I read NIGHT SINS first, 'as only my second book by Hoag' and when I noticed this book was a continuation of the same story, I was relieved.. I didn't want Night Sins to end! The plot in this story kept me guessing, but always trust your gut, in the end it's worth it, and even unimaginable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I've read them all and this is the best one yet. The mystery keeps you guessing all the way through until the end. Absolutely excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Terrific!

    I first started off reading Night Sins after i saw part of it on TNT and i have been waiting for it to be on again. I was very excited when i found out that Tami had written a sequal to Night Sins. The next week i bought it, and recently finished it and i wish Tami would write another book to follow! Guilty as Sin will keep you reading all night, and will not dissapoint anyone that reads it! excelent work Tami!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    A Great Read

    First book I've read by Hoag, but can't wait to read some of her others. I really got into this one and found it difficult to put down. Great characters and excellent writing by Ms. Hoag. I look forward to reading more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Guilty as sin a Fabulous read

    Guilty as sin was a very intense,suspensful gripping book. I found that I never wanted to put it down, it never got boring. One of the things I liked best about the book was the setting was in a small town in rural minneapolis, a quiet place where you don't expect unspeakable crimes to occur. The writer has a way of keeping your attention with all the scary notes left, the phone calls with the deep whisper you almost feel like your right there.I would definitly tell people to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    Tami Hoag is still the queen

    i liked the book it did take a long time too reveal the killer(s). i thought that it was a good book but not the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Page-Turner!

    This was the first book I've read by Tami Hoag- and I was instantly hooked! I read the book in 3.5 hours, and was totally satisfied. I now own all of her books- and as more come out- I intend to buy them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    A great sequel

    I thought this book, like others by Tami Hoag, was beautifully written. The ending was a little quick but i thought all the evidence tied together.All the characters were described enough individually to be remembered. Sequels are never as good as the first book but Hoag outdid herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Not as good as the first one, but still intriguing!

    Guilty As Sin, sequel to Night Sins, took a long time to get interesting. The Prosecuting Attorney, Ellen North, could've been a little better described, but I liked the other characters. Guilty As Sin was a have-to read for me, because I wanted to see if the killer was really the killer. In a desperate search for closure, I suggest that other readers take time to read this book. Jay Brooks, Megan O'Malley, and Mitch Holt are by far the best characters, if not the funniest. In Night Sins, the true personalities of Megan and Mitch emerged, so I found myself favoring them more than the other characters.

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